Pressure Canning Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup who does not love this creamy delight.
Making Lentil Soup and Pressure Canning Lentil Soup it is easier than you think.

Making Lentil soup is a pretty simple option as lentils do not pressure can and stay firm. Lentil beans are so good for you it is a must in any pantry. Lentil's are full of protein and high in fiber and we all need that. So lentil soup is grand. I experimented with lentils for months and soup is the only option. This lentil soup option is magnificent. This lentil soup is so tasty and filling on a cold night. Just darn right delicious.

Enjoy it all season long. I do mine in Quart jar's because there always seems to be more people at the house when I open one. Plus the next day and all week long you can enjoy this soup with any meal. The beauty of pressure canning your soup is that you always have a jar of delicious soup any time you want. No can - no preservatives and you will like that.


3 lbs of dried lentils - each pound of dried beans makes 5 cups cooked beans
8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 red  onions, finely chopped
Chicken Broth enough to cover beans.
* Have additional ready in case you need more broth to fill the jars.
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp dried oregano

With regards to seasoning your soup. Keep in mind that you can always add more when you eat it. You can add more seasoning's but you can not take it out!

Chop up all your ingredients and have them ready.

Prior to starting this project you need to prepare your beans. You can get complete instructions on this post. It is very, very important.  

Many sites say lentils and split peas do not require soaking because of the speed of the cooking and how soft they become. But I disagree who want's dirty soup? The purpose of this recipe is to make a lentil soup and personally lentil's are far to small and mushy to can like regular bean's. But in all other blog's defense it can be done just not here. If you do anything at least clean them! I only soak my lentils for two hours.

 Alright your beans should be cleaned and we are now ready to start this project. Take your clean beans and put them into your stock pot.

Cover your beans with the chicken broth and add the remaining ingredients to your pot. That is your garlic, celery and onion. You can add your seasoning now or add to each jar the spices you wish. About a 1/4 teaspoon each depending on the spice.

 Add additional chicken broth to cover completely. Warm the mixture for 15 minutes.

 Once warm take your prepared jar's and fill with beans using a slotted spoon until the jars are about 3/4 of the way full.

Fill remaining space in jar with liquid until you have a little more than one inch of head space. Wipe the rim's of your jar's, Place your seals and twist band's. Tighten the bands taunt. Place in your pressure cooker and cook until done. Pressure can pint's at 11 pounds for 75 minutes and Quart's for 90 minutes.

This recipe will make you approximately 8 quarts 

Almost there this is my gauge thought you might like to see it

Enjoy this Winter delight all year when you pressure can!

Also Presto has a great site for information and recipes. 

Disclaimer: This is not an all inclusive recipe for making jam. You should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the canning process before proceeding. Please consult your local Center for Home Preservation for additional information and available classes.   


  1. Don't lentils turn to mush with the required processing?

    1. Yes that is why it is a soup! It is good and you can add anything you want when you open the soup. I add carrot's to mine xoxo

  2. Sounds great and I need the nutrition!

  3. Sharon they get a bit mushy but it is a good soup. I also used the beans as a base for ther soup starters. Thank you fr visiting!

  4. Can you add carrots prior to canning?

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  6. I know you are going to hate me for this, but an apostrophe is used only for possessive contractions, not for plural. I love your canning recipe, however, and am eager to can lentil soup. (And if you are this good at canning, then perhaps punctuation isn't a big deal. 😁 )

    1. Oh Singer my spelling etc is horrible but I am a old school canner. I do adore any corrections I can get. Ok where is the mistake. It is as if you are talking French! lol

  7. See there, I messed up, too. I meant to say possessive or contractions. 😅

  8. Garden, Any comment is a good one. Nope I am a spelling and punctuation failure. I make it clear in my About I am here for the food not the English BUT love when someone has the balls to teach me! Thank you so much! Nqw I have to figure wout what your talking about. Oui Vey

  9. Thanks for the recipe. I followed it exactly for quantities but did pints. However, I had to add 3 more boxes of store broth to 6, and water to top the remaining 2. Total broth was 14 cups plus the water.

  10. Thank you for the recipe. I love lentils and was looking for a way to preserve them. I usually end up making the whole bag and then have to take it for lunch for the next week since my family aren't big fans. This gives me a way to make just enough for me. Thanks again :)

  11. Can this recipe be cooked and blended prior to canning??

  12. Hello and sorry it took so long to answer. They say you should never blend the ingredients prior to pressure canning. The pressure Canner does get hot enough to soften the food to blend when opened. I do smash many of my ingredients but never blend or puree.

  13. Can link sausage pieces be added to the soup prior to canning?

  14. I made lentil soup and filled the jars 3/4 of the way with solids and to 1 inch head space. I after pressure canning it the syphoning and the beans soaked up the liquid . I pressure canned for 90 minutes. There is no liquid in it and I am concerned that it may not be safe due to the now thickness of the solids. Should I be concerned? Or is this normal for lentil soup?

  15. I have noted with lentil soup it always soaks up my liquid. As long as your jars are sealed you can add some broth to the soup once opened. You can add liquid to any soup that is a bit thick.

  16. Can spinac and carrots be added prior to pressure canning?

  17. Hello thank you for the question carrots is a yes. Either sliced or finely chopped. I have leafy green when pressure canning yes you can to answer your question. Just blanch them a bit so as to take up less room. Make sure you wipe those jars clean. Rinse the Leafy greens and make sure all the dirt is out of them. Hope this helps

  18. I make my lentil soup starting with a ham bone for the base. is this still ok for canning?


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